August 8, 2022

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Waukee Pets Who Need A Home: Meet Vega, Prada, Luigi & More

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Do you want to add a new member to your family and do something good for the Waukee community at the same time? Adopt a pet from a local shelter! Despite the coronavirus pandemic, shelters have dogs, cats and other pets ready and waiting for someone to take them home.

There are thousands of dogs, cats and other animals of all ages and sizes without a home across Iowa — many of whom are located in your area. In the search for a lovable new fur child, consider beginning at a local shelter like Furry Friends Refuge, where Apple Jack the cat is waiting patiently. If you aren’t sure if you have time to take care of a pet year round, many shelters also offer opportunities to foster pets until they are placed in permanent homes.

Need some help in your search? Patch and Petfinder have you covered. We round up a list each week of all the pets recently put up for adoption in your area. If you’re a cat person, meet Vega, a Domestic Short Hair up for adoption. Or if dogs are more your thing, there are several great dogs available, too. Click on any listing for more information, or to start the adoption process.

Editor’s note: This list was automatically generated using data compiled by Petfinder. Please report any errors or other feedback to [email protected]

  • Name: Vega
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Furry Friends Refuge, 3505 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Female, Domestic Short Hair
  • Description: “All Furry Friends cats are altered, microchipped, vaccinated, and FeLV/FIV tested. Cats 4 months old and older–adopt one for $75…” Learn more

  • Name: Prada
  • Species: Guinea Pig
  • Location: Furry Friends Refuge, 3505 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Small, Female, Guinea Pig
  • Description: “E-mail [email protected] or call 515-222-0009 with questions or visit our shelter during adoption hours 3505 Mills Civic Pkwy West Des…” Learn more

  • Name: Luigi
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Furry Friends Refuge, 3505 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Male, Domestic Short Hair
  • Good With: Cats
  • Description: “Luigi is a handsome orange and white boy who is on a quest to find the comfiest corner to curl…” Learn more

  • Name: Leo
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Furry Friends Refuge, 3505 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Male, Domestic Short Hair
  • Good With: Cats
  • Description: “Leo is a young boy with his whole life ahead of him! This handsome but shy boy does like to…” Learn more

  • Name: Apple Jack
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Furry Friends Refuge, 3505 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Male, Domestic Short Hair
  • Good With: Cats
  • Description: “The more we learn about Apple Jack, the more we fall in love! This sweet, handsome, and friendly boy loves…” Learn more

  • Name: Harvey
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Furry Friends Refuge, 3505 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Female, Domestic Short Hair
  • Good With: Cats
  • Description: “Harvey appreciates the finer things in life, like a comfy bed and a yummy meal! This shy, sweet girl really…” Learn more

  • Name: Gucci
  • Species: Guinea Pig
  • Location: Furry Friends Refuge, 3505 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Small, Female, Guinea Pig
  • Description: “E-mail [email protected] or call 515-222-0009 with questions or visit our shelter during adoption hours 3505 Mills Civic Pkwy West Des…” Learn more

  • Name: Maeve
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Furry Friends Refuge, 3505 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Female, Clumber Spaniel
  • Description: “E-mail [email protected] or call 515-222-0009 with questions or visit one of our locations during adoption hours: 3505 Mills Civic Pkwy…” Learn more

  • Name: Lady
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Furry Friends Refuge, 3505 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Large, Female, Labrador Retriever
  • Description: “E-mail [email protected] or call 515-222-0009 with questions or visit one of our locations during adoption hours: 3505 Mills Civic Pkwy…” Learn more

  • Name: Mew
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Furry Friends Refuge, 3505 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Male, Domestic Short Hair
  • Good With: Cats
  • Description: “Mew didn’t know what to think of humans at first. He really liked playing and snuggling with his kitty roommate…” Learn more

  • Name: Hersey Kiss
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Furry Friends Refuge, 3505 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Male, Domestic Long Hair
  • Good With: Cats
  • Description: “Hersey Kiss appreciates the finer things in life, like a comfy bed and a delicious meal! This handsome, shy boy…” Learn more

  • Name: Mickey
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Aheinz57 Pet Rescue And Transport Inc, 4002 Ash Street, De Soto, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Small, Male, Domestic Short Hair
  • Learn more

  • Name: Lucinda
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Aheinz57 Pet Rescue And Transport Inc, 4002 Ash Street, De Soto, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Large, Female, Domestic Short Hair
  • Learn more

  • Name: Bruce Wayne
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Aheinz57 Pet Rescue And Transport Inc, 4002 Ash Street, De Soto, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Large, Male, Labrador Retriever Mixed Breed Mix
  • Learn more

  • Name: Rambo
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Aheinz57 Pet Rescue And Transport Inc, 4002 Ash Street, De Soto, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Large, Male, Labrador Retriever Mixed Breed Mix
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  • Name: Tucker fka Tex
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Aheinz57 Pet Rescue And Transport Inc, 4002 Ash Street, De Soto, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Male, Border Collie Beagle Mix
  • Description: “Tex is a super sweet boy looking for his forever home. He was just returned due to issues with anxiety…” Learn more

  • Name: Saul
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Forever Home Dog Rescue, Johnston, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Male, Terrier
  • Description: “This cutie is named Saul! He’s happy to cuddle the day away with his trusted people! Saul is quite timid…” Learn more

  • Name: Ide
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Forever Home Dog Rescue, Johnston, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Medium, Male, Hound Cattle Dog Mix
  • Description: “Ide is a 2 month old mix looking for a forever home. He must stay close to the Des Moines…” Learn more

  • Name: Remi 2
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Forever Home Dog Rescue, Johnston, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Large, Female, Dutch Shepherd Terrier Mix
  • Description: “Meet Remi! She’s an approx. 5-6 month old, 35 lb girl who we believe is a Dutch Shepherd mix. Due…” Learn more

  • Name: Blitz
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Forever Home Dog Rescue, Johnston, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Large, Male, Labrador Retriever Husky Mix
  • Description: “Blitz is a 2 month old lab/maybe husky mix looking for a forever home. Please note that we do not…” Learn more

  • Name: Buckley
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Forever Home Dog Rescue, Johnston, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Large, Male, Labrador Retriever Husky Mix
  • Description: “Buckley is a 2 month old lab/maybe husky mix looking for a forever home. Please note that we do not…” Learn more

  • Name: Bronx
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Forever Home Dog Rescue, Johnston, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Large, Male, Labrador Retriever Husky Mix
  • Description: “Bronx is a 2 month old lab/maybe husky mix looking for a forever home. Please note that we do not…” Learn more

  • Name: Paisley — Bonded Buddies With Diesel
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Female, American Bulldog
  • Description: “Primary Color: Blue Brindle Weight: 55.6lbs Age: 1yrs 5mths 0wks Animal has been Spayed” Learn more

  • Name: Diesel — Bonded Buddy With Paisley
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Large, Male, American Bulldog
  • Description: “Primary Color: Blue Brindle Weight: 81lbs Age: 1yrs 5mths 0wks Animal has been Neutered” Learn more

  • Name: Peggy
  • Species: Dove
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Unknown, Pigeon
  • Description: “Primary Color: Red Secondary Color: White Age: 2yrs 0mths 4wks” Learn more

  • Name: Benny
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Male, American Foxhound
  • Description: “Primary Color: Tri Color Weight: 40.9lbs Age: 1yrs 6mths 2wks Animal has been Neutered” Learn more

  • Name: Ezra
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Female, Terrier
  • Description: “Primary Color: White Secondary Color: Black Brown Weight: 49.9lbs Age: 1yrs 0mths 1wks Animal has been Spayed” Learn more

  • Name: Joani
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Female, Labrador Retriever Terrier Mix
  • Description: “Primary Color: Black Secondary Color: White Weight: 40lbs Age: 2yrs 4mths 2wks Animal has been Spayed” Learn more

  • Name: Martha
  • Species: Gerbil
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Female, Gerbil
  • Description: “Primary Color: Brown” Learn more

  • Name: Irma
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Large, Female, Pit Bull Terrier
  • Description: “- Extremely sweet and loving – Loves cuddles, lying in the sun and just being with her people – Adores…” Learn more

  • Name: Hopper
  • Species: Rabbit
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Small, Male, Lionhead
  • Description: “- May take time to warm up to new people, but does very well once she’s comfortable – Has been…” Learn more

  • Name: Scout
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Small, Male, Domestic Short Hair
  • Description: “- Loves treats and knows the word “treat” – Loves to talk and loves to look out the window -…” Learn more

  • Name: Kat
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Female, Domestic Short Hair
  • Description: “- Likes being petted for short periods of time, but she’ll let you know when she’s had enough – Has…” Learn more

  • Name: Snapdragon
  • Species: Parakeet
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Male, Parakeet (Other)
  • Description: “Primary Color: Blue Age: 0yrs 4mths 0wks” Learn more

  • Name: Iowa
  • Species: Gerbil
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Male, Gerbil
  • Description: “Primary Color: Brown Age: 0yrs 0mths 7wks” Learn more

  • Name: Mississippi
  • Species: Gerbil
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Female, Gerbil
  • Description: “Primary Color: Brown Age: 0yrs 0mths 7wks” Learn more

  • Name: New Jersey
  • Species: Gerbil
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Female, Gerbil
  • Description: “Primary Color: Black Age: 0yrs 0mths 7wks” Learn more

  • Name: Alaska
  • Species: Gerbil
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Female, Gerbil
  • Description: “Primary Color: Black Age: 0yrs 0mths 7wks” Learn more

  • Name: Colorado
  • Species: Gerbil
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Male, Gerbil
  • Description: “Primary Color: Black Age: 0yrs 0mths 7wks” Learn more

  • Name: Mia
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Female, Domestic Short Hair
  • Description: “- Will jump into your lap and curl up as soon as you sit down – Loves chasing pompoms and…” Learn more

  • Name: Cinders
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Small, Female, Domestic Short Hair
  • Description: “- Loves quiet time and peaceful places – Shy, especially at first, but in a quiet environment, once she feels…” Learn more

  • Name: Margarita
  • Species: Hamster
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Small, Female, Hamster
  • Description: “Primary Color: White Secondary Color: Red Age: 1yrs 0mths 2wks” Learn more

  • Name: Blue
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Large, Male, American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Description: “Primary Color: Grey Secondary Color: Silver Weight: 58.8lbs Age: 3yrs 2mths 0wks Animal has been Neutered” Learn more

  • Name: Sora
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Male, Domestic Short Hair
  • Description: “Primary Color: Black Secondary Color: White Weight: 5.03lbs Age: 0yrs 4mths 0wks Animal has been Neutered” Learn more

  • Name: Herky
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Animal Rescue League Of Iowa Inc, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Small, Male, Domestic Short Hair
  • Description: “Primary Color: Grey Weight: 7.46lbs Age: 1yrs 9mths 0wks Animal has been Neutered” Learn more

  • Name: Suki
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Whiskers Tnr Of Warren County, Martensdale, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Large, Female, Domestic Short Hair
  • Description: “Meet Suki. Her entire world has been turned upside down, and we are trying to be a light in her…” Learn more

  • Name: Luna
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Whiskers Tnr Of Warren County, Martensdale, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Small, Female, Domestic Long Hair
  • Description: “Luna is looking for her forever home. Her caregiver is coordinating her adoption. If you are interested in adopting Luna,…” Learn more

  • Name: Marvel
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Raccoon River Pet Rescue, 14360 Ivy Place, Perry, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Large, Male, Domestic Short Hair
  • Good With: Kids and cats
  • Description: “AGE: 2 years WEIGHT: 11.5 lb MY STORY: Marvel came to us after being cared for by a wonderful couple…” Learn more

  • Name: Elvis
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Raccoon River Pet Rescue, 14360 Ivy Place, Perry, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Male, Domestic Long Hair
  • Good With: Kids and cats
  • Description: “AGE: 1 year WEIGHT: 8 lb MY STORY: Elvis is a sweet, friendly, and loving cat to be around. He…” Learn more

  • Name: Zeus
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Raccoon River Pet Rescue, 14360 Ivy Place, Perry, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Large, Male, German Shepherd Dog
  • Good With: Dogs
  • Description: “AGE: 3 years 6 Months BREED: Purebred German Shepherd WEIGHT: 88.4 lb MY STORY:(NOT suitable for an apartment, MUST have…” Learn more

  • Name: KARL
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Panora P Dot Et Dot S, 114 W Main Street, Panora, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Male, Domestic Medium Hair
  • Good With: Kids and cats
  • Description: “AGE: 8 – 9 months DESCRIPTION: DSH – Black & White Tuxedo (Polydactyl) LOCATION: Foster Home MY STORY: Karl, his…” Learn more

  • Name: DOLLIE
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Panora P Dot Et Dot S, 114 W Main Street, Panora, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Female, Domestic Short Hair Tortoiseshell Mix
  • Good With: Kids and cats
  • Description: “AGE: 2 – 3 years DESCRIPTION: DSH – Tortoiseshell LOCATION: Foster Home MY STORY: Dollie and her 4 kittens were…” Learn more

  • Name: TULLY
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Panora P Dot Et Dot S, 114 W Main Street, Panora, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Male, Domestic Short Hair Tuxedo Mix
  • Good With: Kids and cats
  • Description: “AGE: 8 – 9 months DESCRIPTION: DSH – Black & White Tuxedo LOCATION: Foster Home MY STORY: Tully, his brother…” Learn more

  • Name: DENALI
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Panora P Dot Et Dot S, 114 W Main Street, Panora, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Female, Domestic Short Hair Tortoiseshell Mix
  • Good With: Kids and cats
  • Description: “AGE: 7 years DESCRIPTION: DSH – Tortoiseshell LOCATION: PETS Shelter (114 W Main Street) – Panora, IA MY STORY: Denali…” Learn more

  • Name: MITTENS
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Panora P Dot Et Dot S, 114 W Main Street, Panora, IA
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Female, Domestic Short Hair
  • Good With: Kids and cats
  • Description: “AGE: 2 years DESCRIPTION: DSH – Gray & White LOCATION: PETS Shelter (114 W Main Street) – Panora, IA MY…” Learn more